The Team Behind the Team
Reimund Pitz, CEC, CCE, AAC, of Orlando, Florida, has been named the 2020 ACF Culinary Team USA manager and J. Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been selected as assistant manager. Both chefs are accomplished competitors and have earned numerous medals in national and international competitions.
Reimund Pitz, CEC, CCE, AAC, manager
Pitz is a Certified Executive Chef® and Certified Culinary Educator®. He is chair of the ACF Culinary Competition Committee. He has competed in dozens of national and international shows winning gold medals in Singapore and Switzerland. In 1988, he earned five gold medals and two perfect scores while competing on the Walt Disney World Culinary Olympic Team at the international “culinary Olympics” in Frankfurt, Germany. Pitz was advisor to the ACF Culinary Team USA in 1992 and 1996. He served as ACF national president from 1996 to 1997 and chair of American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Chef & Child Foundation. Pitz was honored as the World Medal Recipient by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and chaired the WACS world culinary committee. He was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs, ACF’s honor society for chefs. Currently, he is executive chef/owner of Le Coq Au Vin Restaurant in Orlando, Florida.
J. Kevin Storm, CEC, CCA, AAC, assistant manager
Storm has been an avid culinary competitor throughout his career, participating as a competitor, judge and coach. In 2008 he served as coach for ACF Culinary Youth Team USA in the “culinary Olympics” in Erfurt, Germany, which won gold and silver medals. Storm has been an active member of Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc. since 1998, where he served as president from 2007 to 2009, was named chapter Chef of the Year in 2004, and has been an active mentor to many young culinarians. Storm received an ACF President’s Medallion in 2008 and the Custom Masterpiece Award in 2003. He is also a member of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.